There are two things that I know are true for most of us:
• We want to live meaningful lives and make a dent in our little corner of the world.
• Something is holding us back.
For many of us, that “something” is excess, and we feel it’s clutches on everything…
Debt – we’re mortgaging a lifestyle that brings little joy
Overcommitment – we never have any time for ourselves
Clutter – we have too much stuff to take care of
Technology – we’ve exchanged online lives for our real lives
Waste – landfills, and oceans teeming with our unnecessary garbage
Stress – our bodies never feel what it’s like to truly be at rest
Unhealthy Food – quick garbage “meals” that never satisfy
Expectations – we never live up to the image of our lives in our heads
Shallow Relationships – we never feel fully present with those we love
Our task then is to…
• find a way to live the most simple, minimal, and sustainable lives that we can
• so we have the freedom, flexibility, and resources to do the things we’ve been called to do when we’re led to do them.
This is the focus of my writing for 2021.
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I’m the founding Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley just outside Philadelphia, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and the author of four books. I’ve been married to my wife Dr. Lisa Jones for thirty-two years, and together we have three beautiful daughters, a chubby orange cat named Mac, and a snuggly red golden retriever named Meadow.
On weekends we love driving to the mountains in my Jeep Wrangler to hike, fish, and backpack with Meadow all over the Appalachian Trail. Our family loves to travel and has become passionate advocates for the rights of the poor and oppressed in developing countries. I’m an INTJ, 5w4, and D/I on various personality tests. I also write practical articles for Pastors that lead churches at Senior Pastor Central.